Global Day of Action Against Free Trade Agreements

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More than 600 actions took place worldwide today protesting free trade agreements. Treaties like TPP and TTIP have been negotiated largely in secret but sections of the treaties leaked by Wikileaks reveal they will only benefit multinational corporations and threaten our planet and democracy. International agreements negotiated in secret without the public’s consent are a global corporate coup.

#A18DoA #NoTTIP #OccupyTTIP


Screenshot of global actions via globaltradeday.org

Screenshot of global actions via globaltradeday.org

On the Global Day of Action we want to send out a loud and clear signal against trade and investment deals that threaten our democratic rights, food sovereignty, jobs and the environment. Thousands of such agreements already exist around the globe; others are currently being negotiated or ratified. TTIP, TPP, TiSA and CETA are some examples. On the Global Day of Action we are speaking out against agreements that affect us directly but we are also raising awareness of similar agreements in other parts of the world that are driven by a similar agenda of continuous deregulation and liberalisation. – globaltradeday.org

Ten Reasons Why You Should Be Worried About TTIP

1. A Threat to Democracy

If agreed, TTIP would give corporations the power to sue governments over decisions that could harm their future profits, undermining democratic decision-making made in the public interest.

2. A Threat to Public Services

TTIP will create new markets in public services such as health and education, leading to greater liberalisation and privitisation. It would also make it very difficult to bring these services – as well as our energy and water – back under public control or renationalise them.

3. A Threat to Food Safety

Through a harmonization of food safety regulations, EU food safety standards would be lowered to US levels. This would remove EU restrictions on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), pesticides and hormone-treated beef.

4. A Threat to the Environment

TTIP would see EU environmental regulations being harmonized and reduced to US levels, allowing a US-style fracking boom in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.

5. A Threat to Climate

With strong investor rights, TTIP would allow corporations to sue governments for bringing in new policies to leave fossil fuels in the ground.

6. A Threat to Workers’ Rights

Workers’ rights could be reduced to US standards and businesses could relocate to US states and EU countries with the lowest labor standards.

7. A Threat to Personal Privacy

Leaked documents indicate that TTIP could be used to reintroduce central elements of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which was rejected by the European parliament after popular protest. This could force internet providers to spy on their customers.

8. A Threat to Financial Control

TTIP is set to remove many of the new financial regulations (such as banking safeguards) which have been introduced since 2008 to prevent a future financial crash.

9. Negotiated in Secret

While corporate lobbyists are playing an integral role in negotiations, the public has been shut out. All negotiators must sign nondisclosure agreements. There is no access to the draft text of the agreement – even for MPs – so most of what we know is from leaked documents.

10. A Dangerous Blueprint for the Rest of the World

If TTIP is agreed, countries in the global south will come under huge pressure to apply TTIP standards to avoid losing trade. The business lobbies are upfront about their aim of creating ‘global convergence to EU standards’. This would see free trade policies forced on poorer countries, that they had no part in negotiating.

Graphic: ignahuru

Graphic: ignahuru

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Sources & Additional Information:
Global Trade Day
Wikileaks
Stop Motion Solo
The Independent
Eastern Europe against TTIP Trojan Horse

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Erin Gallagher is a multimedia artist, translator and writer for Revolution News.